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Definition of padding noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1soft material that is placed inside something to make it more comfortable or to change its shape The shoes have thick padding at the ankle to offer greater support. The actors were made rounder for the part using cotton padding.
  2. 2words that are used to make a speech, piece of writing, etc. longer, but that do not contain any interesting information Some of the quotations are useful, others are little more than padding.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: padding

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